The snow is everywhere! I love snow! I told my mom once that I wanted to live in the Himalayan mountains. She didn’t go for the idea. But, I think I might ask her again. I found out there is a place there where it hardly ever snows! At Sunday School, our teacher told us about a place high in the Himalayan mountains where there is actually a desert. There’s a place, between India and China, where it doesn’t rain much at all, and they only get three inches of snow a year or less! There’s a group of people who live there called the Ladakhi. And when they need water to water their crops, they actually hope for the sun to shine and melt some of the glaciers all around them. I can’t imagine being surrounded by ice and snow but living in a desert. I always thought deserts were hot and dry. But this desert is cold and dry!
A long time ago, a major trading route called the Silk Road went through the area the Ladakhi live in. Missionaries came, and the people had lots of opportunities to learn about Jesus. But, today, there aren’t many Ladakhi who believe in Jesus. Our teacher reminded us of the place in John where Jesus said He is the Living Water. I think that’s something people living in a desert would want to know more about.
“Dear God, please help the Ladakhi people believe in You. Show them how, just like they need the water to feed their crops so they can live, they need You and Your life in their hearts so they can really live, now and forever. Please help them understand. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.”
PS-Do you like this picture? I do. This picture is from a range of mountains that neighbor the Himalayans, called the Karakoram Range. Like the land of the Ladakhi, it has high peaks, steep sides, and huge glaciers.